When Dr. Mary Peterson examines a patient, she doesn't see a person with an ailment but instead sees "a person wanting to take back control of their temple, their body." Keeping her patients' feelings in mind helps the doctor personalize treatment plans that will comfortably address their problems. These plans usually incorporate a blend of chiropractic care and acupuncture to improve nerve function and boost the body's innate ability to heal itself. Inside Dr. Peterson's private treatment rooms, a staff of aestheticians complements the doctor's curative therapies with relaxing massages, rejuvenating facials, and comforting bear-hugs.
Five of the staff members at Headlines Salon & Spa have been pampering clients there for more than a decade—one as long as 23 years. Their dedication to relaxation and aesthetics is evident in their services, which range from specialty facials and peels to soothing hot-stone massages and body wraps. They also customize packages that prep brides-to-be for their big days, protecting nails with no-chip manicures, gathering hair into custom updos, and strategically positioning veils to conceal antennae. Wooden fixtures and a distressed-copper sculpture of the sun make the space as warm and welcoming as the people who work there.
Cutz & Color’s experienced stylists warmly beckon walk-ins or appointment keepers into a violet-accented beauty haven for cut, coloring, and styling services. Armed with the know-how to master everything from simple crops to special-occasion updos to feral circus tigers, staffers revive the noggins of men, women, and children. Clients confess style preferences and pet peeves before hair technicians thread ribbons of Goldwell color through indigenous hues.
The doctors of chiropractic at Chiro One Wellness Centers put patients at the core of their efforts. Though the centers are spread the country, with locations in Illinois, Kentucky and Texas, the company's mission remains to help patients and their surrounding communities reach their maximum potential through a combination of customized chiropractic treatment plans and education. This approach doesn't just assuage painful symptoms—it's also designed to uncover the root causes of ailments such as whiplash, insomnia, headaches, carpal-tunnel syndrome, and more.
In their efforts to improve communication in the central nervous system by addressing nerve interference, chiropractors provide spinal adjustments and supplemental treatments such as cervical traction, therapeutic exercise and balance-strengthening wobble boards. Their practice extends far beyond the wellness centers, however: community-outreach efforts take them to health fairs, offsite spinal screenings, and complimentary workshops on a range of wellness topics. They also devote themselves to nonprofit work with several organizations, including The Make-A-Wish Foundation and the Greater Chicago Food Depository. At the Chiros Care Free Wellness Center, they examine and treat Chicago's homeless and HIV-positive population, fueled by their belief that everyone should have access to expert preventive care.
As an avid cyclist and licensed massage therapist, Liz Oehmen understands the discomfort that can be felt in the legs and hips. This personal experience, combined with her continuous pursuit of knowledge in her field, makes her uniquely suited to soothe aches at Sore No More Massage. Along with her specialization in sports massage, Oehmen employs a variety of modalities to help clients re-energize, detoxify, and relax. Therapeutic sessions employ techniques such as cupping and reflexology to address specific concerns, and prenatal massages ease the stress of filling out preschool applications. When Oehmen isn’t performing massages, she tends to clients with services such as manicures, body wraps, and ear candling. She also supports overall health by teaching raw-food-preparation and hula-hooping classes.
A collaborative effort between co-owners Jan and Mike, Jan Michael’s Salon and Spa accommodates hair, nail, and skincare services behind its coral-hued walls. The 20-year-old salon employs the best and brightest in the beauty industry, including fully licensed massage therapists, colorists, nail technicians, and light bulbs. Spa services are performed in a separate, secluded area to minimize outside distractions and keep the massage oils from fraternizing with Moroccanoil hair serums.